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Sync Safari bookmarks with Backup on .Mac Web Browsers
When I found Safari, I loved the new speed, the features, the whole experience. I was particularly pleased with the way it handled bookmarks -- both importing them from other browsers and then managing them once it imported them. I spent quite a bit of time organizing all my bookmarks. So much time that I thought -- I wish I had this organized list of bookmarks on all my machines.

At first, I played around with the idea of writing a shell script or apple script to copy the files over (the Safari bookmarks are in ~/Library -> Safari). Then, I thought about just pushing them over using file sharing or iDisk. All of these things would work, but I think I have come up with a more elegant solution. This only works if you have a .Mac account, but with that proviso...

I have created a new rule in Apple's Backup software that backs up the Safari bookmarks every day at noon. I have a "dominant" machine that I depend on (my laptop), and subsidiary machines that I use from time to time. The subsidiary machines can restore from the backup when I want to bring the bookmarks back in line.

The first time I used it, and then launched Safari on the new machine, I was so thrilled to have my "familiar" bookmarks there. With some tinkering you could probably bring over your cookies files, too, but I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

And, of course, the FTP / applescript / shell script version would be nice to have, too. I have also submitted a request to Apple for them to include the bookmarks files in their iSync list of things that can be sync'ed. That would be a great thing to share... wouldn't?

[Editor's note: There's another hint in today's hints regarding using .Mac and the Address Book to synchronize certain bookmarks ... this method handles the entire file.]
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Sync Safari bookmarks...
Authored by: mangosi on Jan 15, '03 12:40:26PM

I had used Backup to do sync my bookmarks between all my machines, but when iSync came out, I was disappointed by the fact you couldn't use it to sync your bookmarks as you can with iCal and Address book info.

It would seem that syncing your bookmarks would be the next logical item to auto-sync under iSync. That would make sense to me since WWW browsers are already in place on Palm devices and cellphones.

Perhaps we should spam Apple to add such a feature.

The only thing that would prevent this from being quickly implemented is that every other web browser uses a different format to store bookmarks.

Does anyone know if there's anything close to a "standard", open source bookmark file format?

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Sync Safari bookmarks...
Authored by: drsoos on Jan 15, '03 05:21:39PM

Not sure about all the discussion about an integrated bookmark format (we will probably never see that in our lifetimes), but I do know that I have (long ago) created a utility that attempts to somewhat sync your bookmarks to your iPod, iDisk and FTP servers. It's called "My Favorites Martian" and it can be found at the If Then Software site: I just added Safari support, which joins IE & Chimera support.

It is considered donationware, so please be kind and donate (via paypal, see the site) if you find the software useful. We will not nag you while the program runs, but I will take this moment to nag you instead.

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